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The 'Death Stranding' trailer music is headed to vinyl

The hype for Kojima's next game is already out of control.<p>Hideo Kojima has the video game industry in a frenzy. The <i>Metal Gear</i> creator released a new teaser for his latest project, <i>Death Stranding</i>, to rapturous applause on Friday night at The Game Awards. It's deliciously weird, featuring one-time</i> …

Entertainment

Android Pay helps Brits keep track of their Tube spending

Daily travel summaries, incomplete journey notifications and more.<p>It might have been late to the party, but Google is determined to make Android Pay the de facto payment solution for non-iPhone users in the UK. An update going out "this week" will add some deeper integrations with Transport for …

Google

Climate change could explain Mars' imposing topography

Atmospheric CO2 may have thawed glaciers and created a lake in Gale Crater.<p>Mars has lots of water, but future astronauts won't exactly be able to scoop it into bottles -- it's generally trapped in ice deposits below the surface. Scientists from Penn State think climate change lasting millions of …

Climate Change

EU to tech industry: Remove hate speech faster or we'll make you

Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft aren't delivering on promises to pull harmful messages within 24 hours.<p>Despite agreeing to crack down on the spread of hate speech across their networks earlier this year, four of the world's biggest technology companies aren't delivering on their promises,</i> …

Google

The Morning After: Monday, December 5, 2016

What? There's a new 'Parappa' game?<p>Yay, it's Monday morning!<p>As we wonder where the heck we packed our touchscreen-friendly gloves, last weekend was brought to you by Virgin's new spaceship, NFL deciding to go easy on GIFs and a whole bunch of new PlayStation games we didn't even know …

World Wide Web

Breakthrough Prize awards $25 million to science luminaries

Funded by Mark Zuckerberg and Sergiy Brin, the $3 million individual prizes are the richest in science.<p>In a ceremony dubbed the "Oscars of Science," the Breakthrough Foundation handed out over $25 million in prizes to physicists, life sciences researchers and mathematicians. Hosted by Morgan …

Science

The best Christmas movies on Amazon UK Prime Video

How to make the most of your Prime subscription over the holidays.<p>Not so long ago, the festive film choice on TV at Christmas involved a toss up between <i>Mary Poppins</i> and <i>One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing</i>. Now, Amazon Prime has a small but varied selection of festive hits on offer on-demand. Here are …

Amazon

'Furi' brings its relentless fighting to the Xbox One

You no longer need a PS4 to play the boss-battles-only game in your living room.<p>You no longer have to be picky about where and how you play <i>Furi</i>, The Game Bakers' distinctive (not to mention incredibly challenging) boss battler. The studio has released its indie darling on the Xbox One with both an …

Gaming

Survival smash 'The Flame in the Flood' comes to PS4 in January

The dystopic wilderness game comes from veterans of 'BioShock,' 'Halo' and 'Guitar Hero.'<p><i>The Flame in the Flood</i>'s distinctive approach to wilderness survival gaming was well-received when it reached PCs and the Xbox One earlier this year, so it's only natural that the game come to PlayStation …

Gaming

'MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries' revives a classic series in 2018

There hasn't been new single-player material in the franchise since 2002.<p>It's been a long, <i>long</i> time since there was a single-player game in the <i>MechWarrior</i> series -- 2002's <i>MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries</i> has been your only option if you didn't want to play online. Thankfully, a new wave of gamers is …

Gaming

Netflix gives 'Luke Cage' a second season

More evidence that Marvel's online-only shows have a big audience.<p>Marvel must be feeling glad that it bet on a slew of internet-only superhero shows -- Netflix has confirmed that it's renewing <i>Luke Cage</i> for a second season. There's no mention of a date for the new episodes (the teaser's "always …

TV

Brains can recover some 'lost' memories

Electrical jolts can recall short-term<p>For the longest while, researchers believed that you could only preserve a memory in your brain if the relevant neurons were active. However, it now looks like this isn't always the case -- and that could be a tremendous help to anyone suffering from short-term …

The Brain

Virgin Galactic's new spaceship completes its first glide flight

This early test of VSS Unity was an important step.<p>Virgin Galactic just came much closer to resuming its dreams of private spaceflight in the wake of its tragic crash from 2014. The company has successfully conducted the first glide test flight for VSS Unity, better known as the new SpaceShipTwo. …

Science

Sean Parker team-up will use algorithms for cancer prevention

The predictive code will find targets for immunotherapy treatments.<p>Napster co-founder Sean Parker's Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy isn't wasting much time putting technology to work in treating disease. It's partnering with the Cancer Research Institute on predictive algorithms that can spot …

Cancer

GoPro sells the Karma's stabilizer grip by itself for $300

It's no consolation for drone buyers, but it's good news for action camera fans.<p>No, you still can't buy GoPro's Karma drone in the wake of the recall, but you can get a taste of the technology that came in the box. GoPro has started selling the Karma Grip, the stabilization wand that takes the …

Karma

Ben Heck visits the Portland Retro Gaming Expo

A search for 'Road Rash,' among other things.<p>Join Ben as he leaves the workshop behind and goes on a journey to Portland's Retro Gaming Expo. There's little Ben loves more, and this time he's on the hunt for a copy of <i>Road Rash</i> for the Sega Genesis / Megadrive! With some happy distractions, Ben gets …

Gaming

After Math: Weird science

It's all very professional.<p>It's been a strange week for the scientific arts. The speed of light might not be as stable as we thought, carbon nanotubes have been used to freeze boiling water, a bunch of schoolkids recreated a $750 compound for $25 and the House Committee on Science, Space and …

Science

All all-electric submarine, and more in the week that was

In other news, nuclear waste can apparently be converted into diamond batteries.<p>Are personal submarines the vehicles of the future? This week Ortega Submersible launched an all-electric sub that allows three divers to fly through the sea. In other transportation news, a Swiss pilot is testing the …

Transportation

Pros

The NES Classic is an easy sell: It's a $60 device that looks and feels like the original Nintendo Entertainment System, with a library of 30 popular games pre-loaded. It's also easy to set up -- all you need is a spare USB port on your TV. The problem? The device is such a great proposition that …

Nintendo

NFL loosens its policies on teams posting GIFs and videos

Just don't expect to see sweet replays during games.<p>The NFL's current rules social media posts have been rather draconian, even after a recent rethink. Football teams couldn't post any video during the game window until the NFL made a sanctioned clip available on its servers, and they couldn't …

Football (U.S.)

Trump defense secretary pick serves on Theranos' board

General James Mattis pushed for the medical tech despite its many issues.<p>President-elect Trump's rapidly growing circle of advisers and cabinet members continues to raise eyebrows among the tech-savvy. The incoming leader has picked retired General James Mattis as his Secretary of Defense, and the …

James Mattis

Microsoft hopes your Windows PC can replace an Amazon Echo

A leaked Home Hub feature would let a shared computer stand in for smart speakers.<p>If rumors are true, Microsoft may be one of the few major consumer tech giants that <i>doesn't</i> have a smart, voice-guided speaker in the works... but that doesn't mean it's sitting on its thumbs. In an expansion of recent …

Microsoft Windows

Panasonic's OLED-fighting LCD is meant for professionals

It's designed for video production and medical uses, though -- not playing 'Overwatch.'<p>Panasonic's salad days in the consumer TV space are in its past, but today the company announced a new IPS display technology that might help it win back some of the professional market. Essentially, it's making …

Panasonic

Apple letter offers a clue to its self-driving car plans

A letter to the NHTSA shows its interest in testing autonomous car technology.<p>Apple's hopes of developing self-driving car technology have been a poorly kept secret for a while, and now it's coming clean. The company has sent a letter to the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

Autos

All the reveals from PlayStation Experience 2016

'The Last of Us: Part II,' 'Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,' 'Marvel vs Capcom Infinite' and an awful lot more.<p>It definitely feels like Sony showed off more games during the PlayStation Experience keynote today than it did at E3. Which is pretty impressive, when you think about it. The show started out …

PlayStation

Pros

The 2016 Surface Book is a lot like last year's Surface Book, which we already really liked. So we recommend this one too, though the few flaws we noted last time remain as well. As ever, it's a well-built piece of kit, with a bright detachable screen whose 3:2 aspect ratio makes it comfortable to …

Tablets

The follow-up to 'Resogun' is a Hail Mary for arcade shooters

Housemarque, the Finnish developer behind <i>Resogun</i> and <i>Dead Nation</i>, hasn't had the best year.<p>I visited its Helsinki headquarters back in September to see how the studio was following up <i>Resogun</i>, the surprise hit of the PlayStation 4 launch. What I found was a unique company struggling to hold on to the …

Gaming

Airbnb drops its lawsuit against New York

The city touts it as a victory over illegal short-term rentals.<p>Some of Airbnb's larger US legal battles are winding down quickly. In the wake of a settlement with the state, the rental listings company is dropping a lawsuit against New York that fought a ban on short-term rentals where the tenant …

Airbnb

Ellie is all grown up in 'The Last of Us: Part II'

Naughty Dog showed off the new game with a musical, gritty trailer.<p>Sony closed out its PlayStation Experience keynote with the first trailer for <i>The Last of Us: Part II</i>, the sequel to Naughty Dog's breakout 2013 shooter. The stars of the original game, Joel and Ellie, return in <i>Part II</i>, older and …

PlayStation

Microsoft Surface Book i7: Pros and Cons